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Written with full access to the documentary evidence, this book tells of the murder of a two-year-old by two ten-year-olds which horrified the nation. The murderers were captured on video leading their victim away from his mother, out of the shopping mall, to be killed shortly afterwards. His body was left on a railway line. The characteristically Liverpudlian display of grief that followed turned into mob violence. The crowd wanted to lynch the two... more...

Friday, February 12 1993. Two outwardly unremarkable ten-year-old boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, began their day playing truant and ended it running an errand for a local video shop. In between they abducted and killed the toddler James Bulger. The Sleep of Reason is the harrowing, sensitive, definitive account of this terrible crime and its consequences. In a new Preface (which considers the re-arrest of Jon Venables in February 2010) David... more...

A revelatory portrait of Nelson Mandela's early years as an anti-apartheid revolutionary seeking to change his country and the world. Nelson Mandela is well known throughout the world as a heroic leader who symbolizes freedom and moral authority. He is fixed in the public mind as the world's elder statesman -- the gray-haired man with a kindly smile who spent twenty-seven years in prison before becoming the first black president of South Africa. But... more...